Your Questions

Do you accept my insurance?

In most cases insurance will pay for all or most of your treatment. When you make your appointment, have all of your insurance information ready. It is also advised that you contact your provider for any questions you may have or for a detailed explanation of benefits.

What can I expect during the course of my treatment?

The length of the procedure and the number of appointments depend on many factors. Each patient will typically have one hour reserved time for their appointment and most root canal treatments are completed in this visit. You will be notified prior to the procedure as to the number of appointments for your particular treatment.

Is the treatment painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is comfortable and stress free. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

Can I be asleep for the appointment?

We offer many options for stress relief during treatment including oral sedation and nitrous oxide. You may not be “asleep”, but you will feel refreshed and have very little memory of the procedure. The techniques we use are completely needle free and safe. We do not offer IV sedation or general anaesthesia at this time, if you are anxious, please let us know during the consultation to discuss all of your options.

Will I need x-rays?

Radiographs are necessary during your Endodontic treatment. We use an advanced digital radiography program that produces radiation levels up to 90% lower than conventional dental radiographs. The image can then be optimized, stored, printed, copied or sent to your dentist for evaluation.

What can I expect afterwards?

For the first few days after treatment, there may be some sensitivity to biting pressure, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. We typically recommend anti-inflammatory medications (for example-ibuprofen) for a few days after the treatment. You may also be given a prescription for antibiotics.

Will I have to take any medications?

Depending on the type and duration of treatment, you may be given prescriptions for antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or painkillers. Each treatment is different and any prescriptions will be adjusted to suit your situation.

Can I drive myself home after the procedure?

Yes. Most treatments are performed using local anesthetic and its effects do not impair driving. Even if you would like to use nitrous oxide, the effects subside within a few minutes of turning off the gas. If you would like oral conscious sedation then you will have to have a driver escort you home.

Will I be able to eat afterwards?

The filling that we place after the treatment will be soft for about 30 minutes. We recommend waiting a half hour before resuming your normal diet. The tooth will be sore so you may want to eat softer foods for a few days until the tooth has healed.

Do I need to see my general dentist after treatment?

We encourage you to return to your general dentist within two weeks for the permanent restoration. Your dentist will determine the type of permanent restorative material that is best for your specific needs.

How long will my filling last?

The filling you receive with us is NOT PERMENANT. It is very important to return to your general dentist for the permanent restoration as soon as possible. The filling will seal the tooth but it is designed for easy removal by your dentist to speed the restorative process. We recommend to make an appointment two weeks after treatment to allow for healing and scheduling. Anything longer than a month should be discussed with the doctor prior to treatment.

Do I need to return to this office for a follow up appointment?

Depending on the type of treatment performed (typically surgical cases and retreatment with large infections) we will recommend that our patients return to our office within 6 months or 1 year for re-evaluation.